Fantasy football cheat sheet: Start, sit and more tips for Sunday

Joe Kaiser
ESPN PLUS


Are you looking to get the edge in your Week 7 fantasy football matchups? Well, you've come to the right place!


With a little luck, you scored big with the Denver defense on Thursday night against Arizona, or at least dodged playing against the team that had the Broncos' D. Either way, there's a lot of football left to be played this week, and we're here to help you build your best lineups.


The ESPN+ cheat sheet provides a rundown of the best tips from all of our ESPN+ fantasy football content. You'll find answers to the biggest questions of the week, along with injury updates, matchup advantages and wild-card plays from Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Mike Clay, Al Zeidenfeld and KC Joyner. It's all the best advice in one handy article.


Here's what our experts are saying about Week 7 in the NFL:


Top tips

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens


"The Saints have allowed opposing quarterbacks to average 26.5 DraftKings points per game this season," Zeidenfeld writes in his daily fantasy best buyscolumn. "The Ravens have a reputation of being a run-first team, but have previously led the league in pass attempts, and Flacco is second in that category this season behind only Andrew Luck. It's true that passing volume doesn't correlate directly to fantasy scoring, efficiency does. Still, New Orleans is allowing opponents to pass the ball so very efficiently that when you couple the matchup with the volume of throws Flacco has attempted, this could result in a huge day."


Cincinnati Bengals offense


"Outside of A.J. Green, the Bengals players have been unreliable fantasy point producers this season, and even Green has fallen a bit short of expectations by ranking 11th in wide receiver fantasy points," Joyner writes in his offensive line rankings. "That trend should change for the better in a highly favorable matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City's defense has been arguably the worst rush defense in the league, as it ranks last in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric that measures how often a rush defense prevents an offense from giving its ball carriers quality run blocking. The ranking might not even fully detail how bad this defense has been in GBR; a mark of 50 percent will usually qualify for last, but the Chiefs weigh in with a 57.5 percent GBR allowed.


"The Bengals' 43.8 percent GBR on offense ranks 17th, but Cincinnati has posted a 48 percent or higher GBR in two of its past three games and had a 61.9 percent GBR in Week 4. The Bengals are capable of posting that caliber of run blocking in this matchup as well, so Joe Mixon should be a strong RB1 and Giovani Bernard (if he is healthy enough to return to the lineup this week) or Mark Walton could have solid flex value."


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